Psalm 91: A Message of Hope

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Introduction to Psalm 91

When Covid-19 swept across almost all borders, fear and anxiety gripped hearts around the world. No one seemed safe anymore and everyone was searching for methods of protection. Today, we face new and dangerous challenges. In times of crisis, however, the children of God, as it has happened right through history, can find encouragement and comfort through the promises of God. One such passage people often turn to for comfort is Psalm 91.

As I look at social media today, I find many people sharing either the entire passage of Psalm 91 or at least parts of it, to strengthen others. Through this article, I would like to share my thoughts as well regarding this beautiful Psalm. Do keep your Bible open to Psalm 91 as you read.

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Sermon : Four Steps to Win the Battle Over Worry (Matthew 6:25-34)

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Introduction

A man was constantly worrying that somebody was under his bed. He went to a Counselor who was willing to help him, but at a high fee, over many months. A few weeks later the Counselor met the man on the street and asked him why he had not returned. The man replied, “I met a friend who gave me some great advice for free. It worked perfectly’. The Counselor asked what advice had been given him and the man replied, ‘He asked me to cut the legs of the bed down to ground level”!

How much we worry and how many of our worries are unfounded? Unhealthy worrying can cripple us to the point of making us ineffective and unable to cope with life’s challenges. It can also lead to depression. We worry over sickness, viruses, finances, family, children, salt, sugar, unforeseen dangers and many other things.

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Sermon: Torn Between Two Loves

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INTRODUCTION

Those who are part of the generation I grew up in would remember the 1977 pop hit ‘Torn Between Two Lovers” sung by Mary MacGregor. It spoke about a lady who was attracted to 2 men at the same time. In the lyrics she tells one of them,

‘It doesn’t mean I love you less’ but ‘there’s just this empty place inside of me that only he can fill’!!!

This raises a question. Can we love 2 things equally at the same time?

Jesus in the passage in 1 John 2:15-17 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” It is therefore clear that Jesus is saying that we cannot love God and the world at the same time. In other words, He’s saying that our love for one will be greater than the other!!

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God’s Restoration of the Lost Years : Sermon (Isaiah 54)

Sermon : God’s Restoration of the Lost Years

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INTRODUCTION

Let me begin this sermon on God’s restoration with the following illustration.

One of the historical wonders of Sri Lanka is the complex rock fortress, Sigiriya, and the palace built on it by one of our former Kings, Kasyapa, many centuries ago. It is an amazing place to see & tourists flock there to view its beauty, grandeur and craftsmanship. One of the highlights of Sigiriya is the frescoes that are painted on the rock walls. These and the site itself are considered National treasures, with UNESCO listing Sigiriya as a world heritage site. (If ever you come over to Sri Lanka, you need to visit Sigiriya).

Many years ago, some of the frescoes were vandalized by an unknown group of people, with, (if I remember correctly), either ink or paint being thrown, to deface them. As a result, many experts had to be brought in (foreign and local), to work at restoring these frescoes back to their original state. Thankfully, they succeeded in most of their painstaking efforts.

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Sermon: God’s Favor on the New Year (Psalm 65:11)

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Sermon: God’s Favor on the New Year

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“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance”. (Psalm 65:11 NLT)

What a powerful verse for the New Year!

 
Introduction

As the year comes to an end, you may be going through much reflection as to what happened in the past 12 months. Some will have testimonies, others will remember severe challenges, while some others may think of the health issues they had to face. Some might say, ‘It was my best year’, while others may say, ‘it could have been better’, or, ‘It was a disaster’! The list can go on. Of course, most of the year was overshadowed by the after effects of COVID -19 and economic challenges..

.While preparing this message, here are some old memories that went through my mind.

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Sermon: Becoming Fruitful Through Affliction

Becoming Fruitful Through Affliction

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SCRIPTURE – The name of the second (son) he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52) NKJV.

Introduction

In this sermon we will look at the life of Joseph. It’s an amazing story, the kind of story that dreams are built on. After many unexpected twists and turns, and thirteen years of toil and affliction, God blessed Joseph in an unimaginable way! As a result, he became the second most powerful man in Egypt (Genesis 41:41-44), and thereafter, God blessed Joseph with two sons (Genesis 41:50). He named his second son Ephraim, which had the meaning of being ‘fruitful through affliction’ (Genesis 41:52). The word ‘affliction” is translated ‘suffering’ in the NIV.

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5 Foundations To Build A Blessed Family

5 Foundations to Build a Blessed Family

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Introduction

Many buildings that look strong on the outside develop cracks and some collapse, due to the foundation being weak. Bad foundations produce bad buildings! It’s no different with building a blessed family. Didn’t the Lord Jesus Himself give us the parable of the house on the Rock and the one on sand (Matthew 7:24-27)? The house on the Rock stood firm because it had the right foundation.

In this article, I would like to share what I believe are 5 vital foundations for building a blessed family. They are:

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God’s Goodness in the New Year (Psalm 65:11)

Video on God’s Goodness

A 2-minute podcast to give you encouragement to face the year ahead!

Another 2-3 minute weekly podcast to bring encouragement for your daily challenges. This is Episode 5 to give you encouragement to face the year ahead! It is based around the promise God gave His people in Deuteronomy 65:11.

For a similar episode click here.

To download another sermon on God’s care click here.

“God’s Care for you in the New Year” (Deuteronomy 11:12)

Podcast on God’s Care:

We have started a 2-3 minute weekly podcast to bring encouragement for people’s daily challenges. This is Episode 6 to give you encouragement to face the year ahead! It is based around the promise God gave His people in Deuteronomy 11:12, as they prepared to enter the promised land.

Episodes 1-5 will be published over the next 2 weeks.

For a similar episode click here.

For another sermon on ‘God’s Goodness’, click here.

3 Vital Questions in the Christmas Story

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Introduction to sermon on ‘Questions in the Christmas Story’ :

When I was much younger, there was a song that used to play on the Radio that I liked very much. It was titled ‘There are more questions than answers’ sung by Reggae singer Johnny Nash. The song asked a few questions like ‘what is life?’, ‘how do we live?’, ‘what should we take?’, and ‘how much should we give?’

 Questions are very much a part of life and asking questions can help us increase our knowledge. There are many types of questions we ask. For instance, some of you may be asking some very personal questions right now, like, ‘Will I get a salary bonus this year?’, ‘How much will it be?’, ‘will my medical tests come out all right?’ (I had first-hand experience of this when I prepared this sermon as my wife and 2 sons were down with viral fever with one of my sons having to be hospitalized. There was tension with each blood report of his that came in, due to the threat of dengue fever).

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Nehemiah – Restoring The Ruined Walls 

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Outline of a sermon preached at the People’s Church in June 2022.

Introduction – It is said that Thomas Edison lost much of his work due to a severe fire in his lab. It happened at a time when money was in short supply and Edison was in his senior years. His son was worried as to how his father would handle the great loss. Edison’s response however was, “we will build bigger and better on the ruins!”

Background to the Book of Nehemiah:

Nehemiah (meaning – ‘The Lord comforts’) was cupbearer to the King of Persia. He received news that the walls of Jerusalem were still broken and in ruins, with the gates burned down (Nehemiah 1:3).

This meant that the city would most probably face insults and mocking from surrounding nations. Also, that Jerusalem would be in great danger, and vulnerable to enemy attacks. The people were living in disgrace.

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Invest Your Time In People – (Colossians 4:5)

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“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time (Colossians 4:5 – ESV)

Devotional on Giving Time:

It was going to be a busy day – I was already running late for my first meeting. While struggling to get into my car hurriedly, I peered into the vehicle passing by. Instantly, I recognized the face – it was an old friend who now lived overseas. I waved at him, silently thankful that he passed by without stopping. I had no time for chats today. We could maybe meet up later.

To my dismay, I heard the screech of brakes behind me. “Oh no,” I thought, “He’s stopping.” I looked back and sure enough, the car was being reversed. “No option but to talk now,” I said to myself as he stepped out. After a brief but pleasant chat my friend ended the conversation saying, “Happy we could meet Palitha. I’m leaving tomorrow. Let’s stay in touch.” He then drove away.

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Overcoming Anxiety (Matthew 6:26)

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Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? —Matthew 6:26

It was with a heavy heart that I sat down for my daily hour of meditation and prayer. “Lord, I need added faith this morning” I prayed. Many anxieties weighed upon me – chief among them being that my son would have to physically attend his main Cambridge exam in the midst of a lockdown, with Covid infections rising.

A few minutes later, I felt an urge to open our balcony door; something I normally don’t do till I finish praying. Little did I realize that such a simple decision, ordained I believe by God, would provide me with a powerful lesson.

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Christmas Reflections Devotional

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Introduction:

What are your hopes for Christmas this year? Are you surrounded by unfulfilled dreams, unanswered questions, setbacks, and loneliness? Are you looking for restoration and hope after the challenges of the pandemic? This devotional titled ‘Christmas Reflections’ contains 21 easy to read nuggets of inspiration that will give you encouragement to face the Christmas Season.

Christmas Reflections Contents –

The topics covered in this 21-day Christmas Devotional are :

  • Christmas – A Season for Dreams (3 Devotionals)
  • The Christmas Light (3 Devotionals)
  • The Heart of Christmas (3 Devotionals)
  • Questions at Christmas Time (3 Devotionals)
  • The Christmas Names – of the Christ Child (4 Devotionals)
  • God Speaks at Christmas Time (2 Devotionals)
  • Also included – God’s Favor on the New Year (3 Devotionals)

Our prayer is that the contents in this devotional will inspire you to enjoy the best Christmas yet! Get your copy today from amazon.com here.

Find a short Christmas Devotional here.

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